.... what will we see?!?!?

Trip Start Feb 11, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Well yesterday was one stressful/exhausting day of traveling.  After our village trek of tea plantations and spice crops  in Ooty we decided to catch the mini mountain train from Ooty to the  bottom of the mountain- a must according to the 'Bible' (aka Lonely Planet Guide).  However the Lonely P fails to tell you that you will be cramped like a sardine for 3 1/2 hours! There were 12 adults in a carriage made for about 6 kids! Oh and an endless stream of babies that were passed between carriages.  Indian ladies love cooing over babies! The views on the journey were amazing though and the ladies in the carriage shared their biscuits with us!

After getting the blood to circulate once again in our legs again we hurried to catch a bus to Polachi.  Three buses and several hours later we arrived in the dark without accommodation, we wandered aimlessly, a bit like Mary and Joseph, minus a donkey to carry our bags as we struggled to find an inn for the night.  We were turned away from a few and we even contemplated spending the night in the bus station (god-forbid!).  But eventually we found a very hot and sweaty hotel.  Think one of the staff had OCD because they insisted on sweeping the floor outside our room every half hour, throughout the night.  We woke this morning (after very little sleep- though the hallway was nice and clean!) with over 20 mozzie bites each! So we now look like we have measles!

Today we had a nightmare day trying to visit a national park- having traveled for miles in the back of a rust bucket taxi we found out that we couldn't go on a jeep safari and would be unlikely to see any wildlife cause it was too hot- brilliant! Our taxi driver tuck a huff with us and threatened to leave us in the park because of some silly confusion, that was until he realised he could take us round the national park in his taxi- at a cost (obviously!) So off we trotted in the clamped out taxi with driver who knew nothing about wildlife and couldn't speak English so we had to enrol the help of a guide.  We visited a huge dam (not really what we wanted to see, but good all the same) saw beautiful spotted deers, long tailed monkeys, rare squirrels and a very rare mongoose- did you relaise that mongooses are small furry creatures? i expected them to be big things! Oh and we visited the oldest teak tree in India!

Not really the safari we expected but an interesting insight into the Indian countryside! Hopefully we'll have more luck in our next national park!
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